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A Garbage Can from Mario vs. Donkey Kong on Nintendo Switch.
Artwork of a Garbage Can from Mario vs. Donkey Kong for the Nintendo Switch
First appearance Donkey Kong (1994)
Latest appearance Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Nintendo Switch) (2024)

Bins,[1] also known as Trash Cans[2] (or trash cans)[3][4][5] and Garbage Cans[6][7] (or garbage cans),[8] are objects commonly found in urban areas that appear in various capacities throughout the Super Mario franchise.


Donkey Kong[edit]

In the Game Boy remake of Donkey Kong, Trash Cans are first encountered in the Big-City. They appear as seemingly inanimate objects that Mario can use to reach higher areas, or pick them up and throw them to defeat common enemies like Bowbows. Once a Trash Can hits or is hit by another object or enemy, it falls off-screen.

Certain Trash Cans, called Dust Men, are enemies.

Mario Bros. (Game Boy Advance)[edit]

In the Game Boy Advance version of Mario Bros. included in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and the Super Mario Advance series, Garbage Cans appear in the Mario Bros. Battle 2-player mode. A Garbage Can takes the place of the lower POW Block, but it cannot be picked up and remains in place on the ground; however, it flips its lid at intervals. If a player approaches it while carrying another player, it will open and automatically close if thrown inside. If players get trapped inside, they can escape using a Super Jump (which can daze a player standing on it) or merely jumping when the lip reopens. In addition, players will be randomly holding Koopa Shells, POW Blocks, Fish Skeletons, and Eggs (which in itself can contain coins, Hearts, or Starmen).

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

Garbage Cans return in Mario vs. Donkey Kong with the same function as in Donkey Kong for the Game Boy. They are introduced in Level 1-1 of Mario Toy Company, once again as elementary objects that Mario can use as means of attack or as platforms. The latter is demonstrated in Level 1-3, where Mario can press on a yellow Color Switch to drop several Garbage Cans on a bed of spikes, forming a bridge that allows him to pass them.

Their live counterparts, now called Bucket Men, also reappear.

Mario Kart Arcade GP[edit]

Trash Cans[9] can be collected from Item Boxes in Mario Kart Arcade GP. Here, the item is inanimate and consists of three small red, green and blue fruit cans strung together. They perform lock on shots onto another racer, and serve to slow down the competition.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Bins appear in the Metro Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey. They are often found in dark alleyways, accompanied by garbage bags. Hitting a bin with a Cap Throw or with a Ground Pound yields a single coin.

Luigi's Mansion 3[edit]

Trash Bins[citation needed] are commonly found all across The Last Resort in Luigi's Mansion 3. The player can search them and collect the money that spews out of them or destroy them by pulling on them with a Suction Shot and collect the money that way.

Additionally, an enemy, the Possessed Bin, also exists in the game.

Mario Golf: Super Rush[edit]

Bins make minor appearances in the New Donk City golf course in Mario Golf: Super Rush.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (string in ROM) TRASHCAN Trashcan

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴミばこ[10][11]
Garbage Can


Chinese (simplified) 垃圾桶[13]
Garbage Can

Dutch Prullenbak[18]
Trash can
French Poubelle
Trash can
German Mülleimer[17]
Garbage can
Italian Bidone
Trash can
Spanish Basura[14]
Cubo de basura[15]
Cubo de Basura[16]
Bucket of waste
Bucket of Waste


  1. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong British English Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 13: "Items".
  2. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong English instruction booklet, page 16.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Advance V.1, pages 40 and 41.
  4. ^ Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga instruction booklet, page 38.
  5. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong American English Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 13: "Items".
  6. ^ Nintendo Power Advance V.4, page 11.
  7. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong European instruction booklet, page 18.
  8. ^ Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga instruction booklet, page 40.
  9. ^ Mario Kart Arcade GP
  10. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, page 14.
  11. ^ Mario & Luigi RPG instruction booklet, page 38.
  12. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong Shogakukan book
  13. ^ Super Mario Advance Chinese instruction booklet, page 48.
  14. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Spanish Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 13: "Objetos".
  15. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong European instruction booklet, page 98.
  16. ^ Guía, trucos y ayuda de Mario vs. Donkey Kong. Guías Nintendo. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  17. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong European instruction booklet, page 38.
  18. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Dutch Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 13: "Voorwerpen".